Promising three-year-old Mandela Effect continued his rapid rise through the grades with victory in the benchmark 70 handicap over 1400 metres at Hobart last Sunday.
The Turffontien gelding had notched a win and a narrowly beaten second in strong three-year-old races at his first two runs this prep and proved much too strong for older rivals on Sunday after enjoying a nice trail just off the pace under Ismail Toker.
Mandela Effect has now notched three wins and four seconds from his eight appearances.
The win completed back-to-back trebles at Hobart for trainer Scott Brunton, earlier successful with Love Magic and Katy Kat.
Love Magic, came from a clear last under Anthony Darmanin to take the benchmark 84 handicap over 1200 metres at his first run back from a break.
Katy Kat was also first up from a spell when coming from just off the speed in the second division of the benchmark 58 handicap over 1100 metres with Toker in the saddle.
Graham gets Matiano home
Ray Worbey’s super honest charge Matiano made it back-to-back wins for the first time in his career when notching his second consecutive win over the Hobart 2100 metres in last Sunday’s benchmark 66 handicap.
The Matsqui gelding benefited from an excellent ride by apprentice Chris Graham, who was able to find a nice trail midfield on the inside from his extreme outside barrier.
The 1.5kg claimer got his mount to the best going out wide on straightening before wearing down Brunton’s pacemaker, Taramaya.
Matiano now has four wins from 36 outings and has placed on another 22 occasions.
A couple for Craig
Leading hoop Craig Newitt shared the riding honours with Toker at Hobart, also notching a double. He kicked off with John Blacker’s in-form charge Beaufort Lad, who took the benchmark 84 handicap over 1600 metres, before teaming with John Luttrell, whose debutante Clever Charlotte took the two-year-old handicap over 1100 metres.